4 Year Anniversary in Wealthy Affiliate (June 2014)

Last Update: June 03, 2014

Somehow another year has passed and I've now been at Wealthy Affiliate for 4 years. My personal tradition is to write up a review of what happened during the previous year as well as goals for next year. It not only keeps me on track to achieve more and more each year, but also reminds me of how far I've come because it's easy to forget all that you've accomplished.

Plus, I think it gives newbies great insight into how things progress over time. I'll provide a link below to my previous years posts.

Here were my goals for Year 4 in WA - let's see how I did.

  • 1) Figure out Adwords and make some money with it - Done
  • 2) Increase monthly income by 30% Done
  • 3) Continue consistently with YouTube, Podcasts, and tutorials 1/2 Done
  • 4) 1000 visitors per day to my WA promotion site Done
  • 5) Double traffic to 2 old websites 1/2 Done
  • 6) Remember my goals and check them often! Done

The goals I didn't fully finish were done so on purpose. I found that my YouTube videos and Podcasts, while fun, simply were not converting into sales and taking a lot of time to produce. I did about 6 months, then decided to focus on other things.

And though I would have like to exactly double traffic to two of my old sites, I did almost as good, increasing traffic by about 60-70%. I think I could have done more if I really tried harder but I was not as focused as I could have been.

For those of you that know my "Bootcamp" site One More Cup of Coffee, you might be surprised to find out that it's only about 18 months old. A lot can be done in 1 year's time. I hit my goal of 1,000 visits per day, and even made it to Vegas.

What I'm most proud of was that I was actually able to increase my income by about 60% this year instead of my original 30% goal. Not bad. I mean, what kind of job can you go in and ask your boss for a 60% raise? How did I do this?

If you've read some of my previous posts, you know that one of my major mistakes getting started was working on too many sites at once. I learned a lot, but I had no focus. This year I only did maintenance work on 2 old websites (all others fell by the way side), and focused solely on building/growing my Bootcamp site.

What This Means For You

I highly recommend you work on one website until it starts earning money. I guarantee that this first bit of money earned will be a huge motivator for you and you'll probably want to stick with that site. Grow it til you can find a comfortable rhythm, then decide if you want to seek other methods of making more money from this site or to repeat the process with a new site.

If you can do it once, you can do it again.

As you learn affiliate marketing, you will discover that most niches can be written about until the ends of time. If you can make $5 in a niche, you can make $5,000. Still, it can be fun (and smart) to diversify, so branching out into other niches later on down the road could be beneficial.

What's Better?

The most interesting bit of information that you should get from this post today is that both The Online Entrepreneur Certification and Bootcamp are equally good.

From 2010 to 2013 I did the regular courses at WA and was not an affiliate of WA. I was able to build a full time income from this course alone. In 2013 I joined Bootcamp and started promoting WA to the great folks out there looking for a legitimate way to earn income online.

The earning potential of being a WA affiliate was equally good, so choose the course that fits you best, because you can succeed with either one.

Goals for 2015

I'm always up for raising the bar, so I'm going to make 2015 a big year for me. Here are my goals.

  • 1. Double my income by any means necessary
  • 2. 5,000 visits per day to One More Cup of Coffee
  • 3. Make at least $100/month from my beer site

A Peek Into The Past

I've been at WA for a few years, so don't be discouraged if what I've written here seems a bit out of this world or beyond you because it isn't. I started out as a newbie too. Here's proof.

I'm already looking forward to writing my 5 year anniversary - Good luck with all your online business endeavors guys!

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newmarketpro Premium
Great post Nathan.
Thanks for sharing this with new WA members like me (5 months) and all WA comm. I agree that it is important to focus on one site first before you expand. Noticed some new comers here created 3-4 sites within few months. It might be working for them, who knows.

Thanks again.
Awesome!
Joe:)
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CeeTom Premium
That is an excellent post Nathan. It is really good to read something from someone who has been doing this for a while and has had success. Very encouraging and thanks very much.
Tom & Christy
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gerarddrakes Premium
Congratulations! I just joined WA today and found this post to be very encouraging and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for another successful year.
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browzman Premium
Lucky seven coming up soon.
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WTucker1 Premium
thanks, it's great to hear from folks who are successful and highlight some of the mistakes they made
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ownonlboss Premium
Now we just wonder if you make thousands or ten thousands of dollars a year ;-)
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Gunnertwist Premium
Thanks for the great inspiration and well done!
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mannybega Premium
Your journey is really motivating! Well done! :)
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RobSciubba Premium
Very motivating to say the least! We will all do the same!
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kvchung Premium
Hi Nathaniell, great post and really inspirational.
Thanks so much!
Kevin
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doowopdude Premium
You certainly know what you're doing. Google knows it too!! Every so often, I look for info on a new scam, and if you've written about it, I usually see your site first. I got such a kick when I saw Matthew Neer try and defend his program. He's gone around to quite a few WA sites to offer his "opinion."
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AngelBcn Premium
Awesome! You are a huge inspiration for all of us
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accad Premium
Thanks, I read this and I will include your link in my article. I like your point in having one niche and pursue it.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Hi Nathaniell, this is great information. Thanks for sharing.
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CaribbeanSon Premium
Thank you Nathaniell,
I appreciate your post,it makes thing realistic for me.I tend to spread myself all over the place.I am glad you posted to work only on one site and your reasoning behind it.I was going to start 3. I will go back and read from where you started.Thankx again
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Karax Premium
It is always good to take a fresh breath of motivation reading such successful stories. Thank you for sharing! :)
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BigEvent Premium
You've certainly come a long way to great success! I look forward to the steps you have taken already in WA, it gives me hope and motivation. Thanks for sharing Nathaniell.
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c-l-a-d Premium
Thanks for sharing its great to hear of the successes of others gives us newbies some push :)
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Zarina Premium
Loving it! Thanks for sharing, Nathan!
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Tim1953 Premium
All the best to Nathan and thanks for the outside help . Cheers Tim
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tuanlinh2104 Premium
Congrats
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Fashion17 Premium
Great post!!
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mohdazeezy96 Premium
one of my motivational article thanks nathaniell ! :)
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SeasonGirl Premium
Thank you for the motivation!
You Go Boy!!
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Alan-1988 Premium
Glad i've got to read your post, even if its an old one , it is the kind of motivation i needed at this time. Keep it up :)
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Veanna Premium
Thanks for this great post Nathaniel. We need the inspiration. Keep on posting.
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jmatos Premium
Nathaniell that's amazing man!
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DreamN Premium
Thanks Nathaniell. Good information and motivation. I'm glad you spoke of staying with one website at a time and perfecting it. I have just started and already think about creating new websites, but have held back until I sorta know what I'm doing. LOL. I appreciate it that you have taken the time to help us newbies out.
Dennis
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rolfkb Premium
Nathaniell -- great stuff!
So how did 2015 go? I am looking forward to your yearly update to get more inspiration!

Cheers
rolfkb
On a journey to online success!
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Hello, Nathaniel, I joined WA yesterday. I have made 2 posts on my blog. Can you take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks
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IMTim Premium
Great inspiration Nathaniell, thanks for sharing your insights and challenges along with the other success stories!
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CherylK Premium
So inspiring!
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Royal54 Premium
I just wanna say that it was through your site that i was inspired to join wealthy affiliate and even got my niche idea. So thank you for your site and congrats on your success! I hope I can have similar success
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tensjoshwa Premium
many congs for the happenings
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SheilaN3 Premium
Congratulations Nathaniel and thanks for sharing. It gives us newbies great insight into the potential of online marketing. I wish you continued success in the years to come.
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elcid73aev Premium
Hi Nathaniel,

Congratulations to you. I like this tradition of yours. It is inspiring. I think I will do something similar in the future. However, I will start with some private goals for myself, then perhaps I'll share them as I achieve them :-)
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ANANDDUBEY Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell for achiving your targets, I am following You regularly. You are like an inspiration for me. My best wishes for you.
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KBNY Premium
Good Stuff! Looking Forward to Making This Work!
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KBNY Premium
Good Stuff! Looking Forward to Making This Work!
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BrittanyMT Premium
So encouraging! Thanks for sharing!
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ValMullins Premium
I truly enjoyed reading your progress. It is inspiring. I need to write my goals down and post them, so I can view them often. In life, distractions have a nasty habit of taking over. Thanks for sharing your progress.
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Emily8 Premium
Thanks for re-energizing a slightly overwhelmed newbie, Nathaniell.
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10xwriter Premium
Thank you for sharing. I needed a little boost today.
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akolipenouko Premium
Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing, Nathaniel. May your 5th anniversary be even bigger than what you planned.
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MikeC1974 Premium
Congrats Nathaniell on goal achievement and 4 years.
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RBushey Premium
sounds like you had a great yearvery insparational!
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TheFatGuy Premium
Way to go Nathaniell, you are always an inspiration to all of us, I have been watching you for most of the 4 years and I am very proud to know you. Keep it up.
San
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cani Premium
5th year anniversary in 2 days, looking forward to the update :)
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HarryK1 Premium
Just try one or the other, not both at the same time.
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tahersyed Premium
You could do one finish it and then move onto the other
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riso Premium
Now I am confuse, I only have one website that I want to fully concentrate but I am juggling to learn between the Online Entrepreneur and Bootcamp, Just want to make sure that I can do both having only one website right?
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KarenDemers Premium
I don't know if this will help or even answer your question, but I'll give you my take on this. I'm new...not even 3 months into WA and have one website that I'm trying to build. I'm slowly going through the lessons and when finished, I'll go through bootcamp. For me, one thing at a time works best.
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FHagstrom Premium
With the online entrepreneur, you can do whatever niche you want. With the Bootcamp you can promote WA. You should start with one or the other, not both on the same website. Later, after your first site is established, then you can start another site if you like
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
the more, the merrier.. I think..
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NurbekUmar Premium
I was confuse whether should learn both the online entrepreneur and bootcamp at the same time or only one, then the second one.
Now I knew what to do thanks to Forrest and thank you Risa asked this question.
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NurbekUmar Premium
Thank you Forrest, now I got it and good luck to have a work from home business.
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MMail Premium
You give me through this post , motivation and courage for to access to next steep of monetization Thanks for sharing.Good luck
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AlanRJohnson Premium
That's awesome Nathaniell. Thanks so much for sharing. It means so much to hear the progress of "real people" earning good money and living a great life, rather than the hype of "gurus".
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Jayne62 Premium
this is a really helpful update and I think you're right about too many sites at once, I made that mistake last time.
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BrandonR Premium
Hey Nathaniel awesome update. I love reading your updates because you stand by your goals and try really hard to achieve. I wish you your continued success.
Brandon
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BelieveItYes Premium
Very inspiring and encouraging! Thanks !
Cheers =)
Sarah
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jeff19 Premium
Thanks for sharing your experiences.
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SassyLady Premium
Great post.
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Dannaphea Premium
Happy 5 year anniversary on wealthy affiliate!
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CalebC Premium
This is a motivating post, it shows if you stick to your goals with determination and discipline, you can reach them. Thanks for the post.
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DustinG Premium
Seems like I remember your 3 year post as if it was yesterday!

My goal is to catch you! Haha, I've got a ways to go... But I'm on my way!
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ellozz Premium
Happy anniversary! Interesting to read about your successes and goals, and congratulations on achieving so much.
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CCunningham Premium
Great information and I do take note of all of it. Happy Anniversary and thanks for all the help you provide here. It has helped me.
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KDippel Premium
Very cool!!
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Very inspirational. I had no idea that WA is so old ! ;)
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DannyTycoon Premium
Very inspirational post! I think it's awesome that you really stuck with it and made a full time income. Thank you for the motivation! :)
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Indi-Em Premium
Wow Nathaniell! You are an inspiration. Thank you.
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PMakaris Premium
Nathaniell, you are the man and an amazing mentor! Not sure where I'd be today without having coming across onemorecupof-coffee. I couldn't feel anymore grateful than I am today!

This was highly inspirational especially knowing how you never took a second to think about giving up or quitting. Now I need to start making more accurate and precise goals for myself.

Thanks for all your support brotha..

P.S.. Keep up the podcasts! They're awesome :)
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. Podcasts are dead, but HOAs are still going strong. Much easier to find motivation when you have a partner. Got your PM and am getting to it ASAP
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PMakaris Premium
Dang.. that's too bad! Not sure what HOA is, but I agree with having a partner. What about anonymously interviewing owners of various scam products and then posting them on your site, haha.. Probably a bit far-fetched, but just a thought!
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nathaniell Premium
Hangout on air, bro.
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PMakaris Premium
Ohh, sounds cool.
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DLansing Premium
Wow, 4 years! Incredible achievement!
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Frommie Premium
Its great to hear that you are achieving your goals - well done. I am a super newbie and look forward to the day that I get 1 visitor!! A work in progress!!
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betcha Premium
Am so happy for you, Nathaniell. This is a great encouragement for us who have been here for a year or two and a good habit for us to emulate. Thanks for sharing.
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kasparov Premium
wow 1000 visitors a day? im averaging.5:(
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nathaniell Premium
5 is the start. Remember how you felt at 0? You would have killed for 5, no? :)
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kasparov Premium
Well not killed but its better than 0 haha
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PMakaris Premium
Haha Nathaniell is so right.. Always looking at the positive side of things, the reason to why he's become so successful!!
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mbani Premium
Great post, Nate! inspiring for us newbies here! thanks!!!
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wombat2 Premium
Shaun, even if he wanted to tell, he wouldn't be able to give a definitive answer because there isn't one standard marker for all.

There are many things that factor into how much one ends up making per month, for example the kind of niche one chooses, how and where they promote their site/product(s), the kind of affiliate programs they are signed to and how much commission these affiliates pay out etc. etc.

As you can see, there are many variables, so unless you are promoting the same exact niche as somebody and using the same exact marketing strategies, you cannot possibly compare your unique situation to any one else
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StubearBlack Premium
Wow you just answered the exact question I was about to ask. haha. Lately I have been feeling like promoting the program itself (WA) would be more profitable than my own niche. I have two sites, one is the home studio basics site, and the other is still just the siterubix (not upgraded) .. I have been trying to curb my urge to go all ADD and continue with the bootcamp. It's hard sometimes :P
-Stu
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nathaniell Premium
Yeah, any niche will work. If you are serious about going through with a site I would move it to a .com when you get a chance, but there's no reason to promote WA if you have your own niche site and are comfortable doing that. I did it for 2 years, and just moved to promoting WA because I found I really enjoyed the process of making money more than the niche sites I was building!
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StubearBlack Premium
Yeah I already have a .com http://homestudiobasics.com .. i just feel like promoting WA and the commission rates are just so much better.. 50% compared to 6-8% for most music production type websites.. Can you give me a good reason not to just drop everything and promote WA full time?
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SharonAllen1 Premium
That is a great review, I am impressed. Continued success.
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EFors Premium
Thank you for a great review, i got the answer about one website i really believe so to. Nice to follow you. Have a great 2015.
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shaun1997 Premium
It's a very great review. However, I would like to know (approximately), how much you actually make per month now?
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SharonAllen1 Premium
My personal feelings about this question is, it is rude and unacceptable. It is improper to ask anyone how much money they make. Personal opinion only.
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shaun1997 Premium
Sharon: I am not trying to offend anyone, but newbies like me (or maybe not only me) would definitely like to have a clearer picture of the whole thing.
We want to know how much we can really earn from affiliate marketing. I don't need the real figure, but a rough figure would really help too!
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StubearBlack Premium
I would private message him if I wanted to know something like that.
-Stu
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shaun1997 Premium
scblack: Yeah I agree to you. It was my mistake, but my initial thought was that, this answer would be something most wealthy affiliate members if not all want to know the answer. So I asked publicly!
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SharonAllen1 Premium
My best answer to that would be, the amount of work you put in is directly related to the amount of money you generate. Does that make more sense?
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nathaniell Premium
Some people make $0, some people make $50,000 per month, and there's everything in between. My individual earnings are not important. Focus on making your first dollar, then you can decide how hard you want to work to make however much money you want to make.
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Nice reviews you write about your self from bogus people keep up the good (hood) work con Nate I mean Carson Kyle or who ever you are pimp
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mechidor Premium
Hi Nat
Love your post , thank you
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sasukhram Premium
This is really inspiring! I am back here and will be making 2015 my year to get serious with WA. I am going to read your previous posts. Thanks for sharing with us! :-)
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NickyB Premium
Hey Nat,

Congratulations are in order, I think! You seem to have mastered the power of focus, and that is not easy - far too many distractions!

I probably wouldn't be at WA if it wasn't for your One More Cup of Coffee site!
Nick
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iJared Premium
I wouldn't be here without you Sir.

You have helped change my life. You are a true example of a Leader.
One who does by example.

I am almost speechless when it comes to how grateful I am that I found your site and listened to you.

Thanks Nathaniell.
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nathaniell Premium
Keep on truckin' Jared. You'll reach your goals. I know it!
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GwynnGriffin Premium
Jared ~ What a beautiful testimonial of gratitude you posted here for your mentor =] It really touched me and I'm so glad you posted this comment. All the very best to you! Gwynn
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iJared Premium
It is easy to speak the truth about Nathaniell.

His principles are what brought me here and so far he has been the ultimate beacon of support!
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lindasea Premium
Me too!
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GwynnGriffin Premium
Thank you boatloads for this awesome post, Nathaniell! I've enjoyed and been inspired by all four of your yearly reviews, in just the small amount of time it took to read each post. I feel more motivated now than I have in the last couple of weeks; you've brought me back to that high emotional place of just getting started. Thank you so, so much! Goodness forever, Gwynn
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MarineMom Premium
He is the BEST!
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nathaniell Premium
Sometimes in the beginning we have to jump from motivation to motivation till we find some success that usually lights the fire under our butts, lol.

Keep on doing what you're doing!
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Stayhomewow Premium
Thank you for sharing this Nathaniell, I look forward to reading and sharing more. Here's to your success and growth!
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Torgny Premium
That is great to hear! Happy for your success!
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Anewcreature Premium
Your endurance and persistence are so unique. You have a lot going for you and please keep up the good work.
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Colm Premium
Well done Nathaniell and thanks for all your help and advice in WA. Good luck with your 2015 goals!
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Colm Premium
Well done Nathaniell and thanks for all your help and advice in WA. Good luck with your 2015 goals!
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mia8 Premium
You are my hero
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Anewcreature Premium
Well done an sincerity and now you help others. Keep up the good work!
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one4 IM Premium
You are the man...I always check out your site if I get down a bit. So clean, readable and inspiring. Thanks :)
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bnicrod Premium
Hi Nathaniell, I just joined the WA program a couple of days ago and so far its been a great experience. I have made it to Lesson 10 in the first course so I'm still learning ALOT. Thanks for sharing your goals and achievements with your time here, I just read through your posts and it has given me inspiration to keep going! :)
Best wishes for continued success!
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sonjaw Premium
Thanks for sharing this!
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skyhawkone Premium
Excellent Post. Looking forward to posting my one year anniversary post. I need to stay focused on one site, and keep building. Thanks
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David0914 Premium
Thank you for sharing, it is very encouraging.
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starryzero Premium
Thanks for sharing your goals and your success history
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TMak Premium
Awesome man you truly are an inspiration to me keep up the good work.
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whitsunday Premium
Yep Awesome stuff. I wanna be like you! Thanks for the inspiration Nathaniel.
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AngelaHall Premium
Awesome stuff! Encouraging for us newbies! Thanks!
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PMakaris Premium
Congratulations.

You reap what you sow.

I sacrifice each and everyday to future success, including the past summer, in its entirety... SO much work and stress but I'll get there one day
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lindasea Premium
Speaking from experience. What a great post and so positively encouraging!

You know whats cool, it was you getting your Bootcamp site up that opened the door for me to know not only you through your site, such that time and compositions allow, but it presented me the opportunity to know WA.

SOOOOO glad I am here, even after a hiatus with family illness going on.

THANK YOU, NATHANIEL!
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mrpeter Premium
Thanks for a great post Nathaniell, and for your help and inspiration. Here's to many more years!
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Congratulations! Here is to your continued success
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DennisM Premium
Thanks Nathan for yet further confirmation that a good work ethic, consistent learning and application along with smart decision making will yield positive and growing results. Looking forward to you 5 year review.
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nikkiholmes Premium
Inspirational post, thank you
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Avecita Premium
What a truly wonderful post Nathaniel!! I'm so thrilled to read of your success and further proof that this can be done, especially as I have been quite lost and not achieved anything for the last few weeks. You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing this, you'll be someone I turn to for advice no doubt. Here's to your further success! :D
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Sugarbird Premium
I LOVE THIS POST! SOOO inspiring, and a great bunch of tips! You made my day with this one, Nathaniell. And BIG CONGRATULATIONS on reaching your goals!
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Nice one buddy! Just a heads up, I'll be harassing you and Dom when I get home in a couple weeks. Need to pick your brains on everything I've missed in the past 16 months!
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ShellSummers Premium
Thanks for getting me on the right track, Nate. I have spent today finishing course 5, setting some goals, and clarifying that my priority is to further refine my niche, keep adding content, and refine my monetization plan.
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clyncar Premium
You have made my day Nathan! I know it's not overnight but looking at what you've accomplished has given me so much hope! Thank you!
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kyle8379 Premium
just read through your 4 year track. thanks for posting everything concisely so we can get a sense of progress over time! very encouraging!
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nathaniell Premium
Crazy, huh. I'm glad I kept track of that stuff.
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MarineMom Premium
Very proud of your success and as always, impressed with your writing skills!!!
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dkn Premium
Wow! I'm really excited now! I can't wait till I can make a full time income. Thanks for the hope!
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Nathan! -

Thank you for a Great post!

It is really nice to hear what you journey has been lke - and it's very encouraging!
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James 12 Premium
Hey man. Thanks for the encouragement and advise. Congrats on meeting your goals!
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jenbrenan Premium
Great encouragement! Congrats on meeting your goals.
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SaltyG Premium
Thanks for your success story. Will serve as encouragement to us.
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AlisonS Premium
Wow, congratulations! Nice to have someone explain about their progress so well. Thanks for the motivation!
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abdie Premium
Really motivating. Thanks
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sharonn Premium
This post really motivating me!!!
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Thanks for sharing your success and congratulations to you ! It's a motivator to know that it can be done, and I can do it to.
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JMayhead Premium
It's great to see your annual updates and great advice about focusing on one website until it starts earning money - inspiring!
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ShellSummers Premium
You really do it right by setting BHAGs for yourself! Thanks for being an inspiration, Nate! ~Shell
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Nathaniell, congrats thank you for sharing.
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one4 IM Premium
Great post Nathaniell. Your journey is encouraging and am sure you'll knock it out of the park next year. Thanks for all you share.
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chartreux Premium
Way to go Nathaniell! Very motivational.
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Jlo12881 Premium
Your blog is a great motivator and very inspirational! There have been a few times throughout this process (and I'm 7 months in) where I've gotten overwhelmed or discouraged (even stopped all together for a few months) but keep trying to stay focused. It's nice to see that success isn't just a dream and my goals are possible.

And I must admit, I was initially pulled to your blog because of your name...it's a very special name to me because its also my sons name. Anyway, i kind of took your blog as a "sign" for me to keep on keepin on for my little boy. Thanks Nathaniel! Hope this is your best year yet!! ;)
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gmegs Premium
I'm inspired by you Nathaniell!
... congratulations!
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DUG1 Premium
Yes great work, just the motivation I need right now, I have made the same mistake as you did early on trying to do to many sites at once, now I am going to take your advice and get some income from just one, good luck for 2015 I hope you get a good raise again....
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betcha Premium
What an accomplishment! Congratulations! I'll keep your story in mind to motivate me to keep moving forward especially in challenging times.
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SimoninAsia Premium
Great accomplishments and great goals Nathaniel. You are an inspiration - I've been watching you closely for a few months and I'm very impressed -you help spur me on.

I've been on WA for nearly 3 months now and I ave 30 posts on one site and 60 on the other - I know I'm just getting started but you are proof that diligence over time pays big dividends.

Im moving to Thailand next month where I am volunteering for a children's home - I will continue to build my sites and hopefully start to see a more consistent income.

All the best
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Margot Premium
Nathaniell, you are amazing! You've had a very impressive 4 years! I hope to be able to emulate your success!
Best to your success, Margot
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cmnelson Premium
Thanks for that. Goal setting with reflections and update, great idea. I'm going to barrow it. And, congrats on Vegas and a great year!
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TrentOtts Premium
I love that you keep these updates.

I believe that this will catch on as a traditional among WA long time members.

I certainly look forward to writing my first "anniversary" blog post.
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Anewcreature Premium
You are quite an inspiration and i hope you continue with the vast amount of encouragement you give to others.
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Starrlett Premium
Excellent this is just what I needed to see right now.
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Timshazz Premium
Thanks Nathaniel awesome blog...but I'm a bit biased because I found WA through your site :)
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Alan Hocking Premium
Kudos Nat and an inspiration to all of us!
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msdj8163 Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience. You are doing very well and have set responsible goals to reach. You have encouraged me to keep going with my website to promote WA. I am developing another website but will work on the behind the scenes and put my effort into WA website for now. All the best. Debbie
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jjohnson777 Premium
I started doing monthly goals this year and I find I am staying on track better thanks to them. Just an idea.
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PAWA12 Premium
very nice to see this! and congratulations to you... WA is a real community with REAL people and Real results :P
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tmaltz Premium
Thanks for sharing your story Nathan. I'm a newbie and it's great to hear of your success with WA. I'm loving the course and every day I learn something new. It's exciting, but like human nature, we all want rewards immediately, which doesn't happen with a business like this. I know it takes time, but it's great to hear from people who are making it. Good for you. Thanks, Todd
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NWTDennis Premium
Hey Dude ... you are an inspiration to me. Ha-Ha ... my wife usually calls me a Dork when I talk like you young guys.
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caylynn Premium
Nathaniell, you are at the top tier to whom I follow and have learned so much from. I can only hope at my four year mark my accomplishments reach half of what you have. You are truly an entrepreneur with a range of vision reaching to the top of the IM field.
Thank you for being a real motivator and sharing your success. It is an honor to know you. Bookmarked for frequent review. ^_~
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bcgurr Premium
Checking out your progress updates from year to year actually put everything in pretty solid perspective of what to expect and why people shouldn't get down on themselves if they aren't reaping in loads of traffic and immediate sales. Thanks Nathaniell for keeping it real :)
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nathaniell Premium
Great to hear that Brandon. It absolutely does take time to build traffic and sales. It can seem painfully long while you are building, but you will be thankful when the money starts rolling in.
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IMN Premium
Good news and good advice! Thank you!
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Dnet Premium
Thanks Nathaniell for sharing your experience. I love reading about success! It is so encouraging.
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hannahtheo Premium
Congrats! I'm sure you will succeed with your goals for next year :)
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Hutcho Premium
Mate that's awesome. It is good to hear of success within the community and to know that success is there for anyone who wants to follow the proven path. Thanx for sharing.
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leluka Premium
Congratulations.Well done...
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@RICH. Premium
Congrats. Nate. :) R. x
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Scorpio15 Premium
Congratulations I love it when people are achieving their goals! Well done and a great blog that will teach me to be more motivated!
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BIS Premium
Great to hear Nate - You're an inspiration and a star! Shall bookmark this for when people are asking about success.
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Bernd Premium
Congratulations to four years of success! I am starting out, so this is a real encuragemnt for me.
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Christabelle Premium
Thank you Nathaniell for this post. It is truly inspiring and encouraging to read your journey to success and greater success :) ! & I look forward to following your continuing journey! I also appreciate your desire to reach out to the community and offer us the pearls of knowledge you have gleaned that we might benefit from them as well! Happy Anniversary! Christa
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mykat Premium
Thanks for sharing nathaniell. It is inspiring to see your progression over time. :)
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Bryant88 Premium
Awsome and inspirational.
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Wardah1 Premium
Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us
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ddjones Premium
Thanks for the encouragement nathaniell =)
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rolland Premium
Thanks for sharing , That,s enough motivation for me to keep on pushing forward
Rolland
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jimmurdoch Premium
This is great to see. Very important for us beginners to know that our efforts will pay off. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Jim
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emerald860 Premium
Wow! Congratulations on all your success! Very inspiring!
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Anewcreature Premium
Great blog and i certainly accept and appreciate that encouragement. happy anniversary!!!
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BeckieG Premium
Happy 4th Anniversary, nathaniell! You inspire me!
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Bill67 Premium
Well Done glad to have you here. I look forward to your blogs and training.
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Karyskis Premium
I am so glad I found your site in November. If it hadn't been for that site, I would have never found or joined WA. Happy Anniversary and I look forward to sharing our successes and working with you along the way. If you lived closer, we'd go out and celebrate all this success of your 4th year. ;)
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drago1168 Premium
Nathaniell I have had the pleasure to have gotten involved based on the things you said when I went on your site. I am very happy that I did. Reading your blog is very impressive not just from the success that you have achieved but the fact that you practice what you teach not just teach from theory. Again thanks my friend sure appreciate all you do for the WA Community!!
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yourbrother Premium
I am happy for you man! I would really like to see something like that for myself after a few years :)
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orisakwed Premium
Nathaniel, I am very happy for you that you have achieved almost all your goals. That's amazing and I know who to call when things get tough. Thank you for your success and I will put more effort on my goals.
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BERNARIUX Premium
Great guide for us the new ones¬°
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rebeccas Premium
Hey Nathaniel...I'm reading your article for the second time. I have a question; would you mind elaborating on the strategies you used to get to 1,000 visitors a day to your WA promotion site and how you plan to get it to 5,000 daily visitors?

WA teaches us to build organic traffic by adding high-quality content with low-hanging fruit keywords, social media posting, etc. Is there any special combination of tactics you are using to improve traffic to your site?

Just curios,
Rebecca
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Bill67 Premium
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rebeccas Premium
Thanks,Bill. Robert always writes such well informed posts. I utilize a number of tactics for generating traffic. My question is specific to Nathaniel I was thinking he might give some additional insight.

I sure do appreciate your response! ~ Rebecca
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nathaniell Premium
To be perfectly honest, that's exactly what I did. Most of the time I didn't even look at traffic stats.

My secret sauce? Volume. I posted every day and now have a total of over 400 posts. I guess it's not a secret though since Kyle blogged about volume of content a few weeks ago.

And every time I posted I thought of the person reading it. Will it help them? Does it give them what they were looking for? Quality is a subjective measure but I help myself to a high standard for each post and didn't see it as an arduous task just song could get traffic and make a sale

There were no secret traffic sources or techniques. This is how I plan to grow it to 5000 as well.
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rebeccas Premium
Thanks, Nathaniel. The response from you and the link to Roberts article just reinforces the validity of what Kyle and Carson have been teaching the WA community. At the end if the day quality content is the best possible traffic driver and you have proved it.
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nathaniell Premium
Another thing I wanted to add that I thought of later today is:

1) My average post length is over 1000 words, and some are over 1500 or even 2000 words

2. I include a lot of screenshots

I see a lot of reviews out there that are 400 words and are just plain text. This could be one reason they are not ranking well!
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rebeccas Premium
I've found the same to be true in other sites with a higher traffic count...it all works together. The key as you so well pointed out is really knowing your readers....what do they like....what are they looking for...give them the substance they need which may require a longer 1,000, 1,500+ post. I love that you are using lots of screen shots to help your readers get a good understanding.

Understanding builds trust and trust ultimately leads to conversions. In truth, there are no "shortcuts to IM success" as many product promoters would have you believe. As you have demonstrated, it takes a good old-fashioned work ethic to build up a loyal following of readers as you have done.

This discussion should be a great reminder to all WA members who are just starting out...forget the magic traffic-booster products and focus on giving readers what they want...really high-quality content that delivers value. ~Rebecca

P.S. I have several "heros/heroines" here at WA and you are one of them. >:o)
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GatorGal747 Premium
Well, you just rock, Nathaniell! Say, are you still looking to buy that island? As you say, everyone's path is different, so I've stopped beating myself up re:my negligible progress. Hell, I'm old, still working PT, and Rome was not built in a day. I have absolute faith that success will happen just when and how it is supposed to in the Universe.

Great job - you will remain as one of my heroes on my wall. (Like the Geico chick on TV...lol). Thanks for all you do to help those of who flounder.

Suz
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betcha Premium
Thanks for sharing, Nathaniel. This is so encouraging and something that we could emulate. Having set goals is a great way to see how we progress over time. More blessings to you and looking forward to hearing more of your success stories.
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crp2511 Premium
Thanks for being so open and encouraging about your results, looks like there is no substitute for time and effort. I'm just into month 7 and starting to get the hang of things, trying to just concentrate on one site until it works.
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posinfo Premium
Fantastic. Really well done. It just goes to show what 4 years of effort can produce.
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Mustard seed Premium
Congrats and well done. You are an inspiration.
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TonyRidgeway Premium
Congratulations on your successes, best of luck on the upcoming year, and thank your for being such an asset to the WA community!

I do also have to ask about how that island retirement is coming. It has been three years :)
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nathaniell Premium
Haha. Still working on it! Maybe I'll start with a few rocks.
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TonyRidgeway Premium
Sounds like a great plan to me!
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mchomebiz Premium
Congratulations on all your success. And thanks for the post. It keeps me motivated.
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rebeccas Premium
You are an excellent example, Nathaniel, both in terms of WA learning applied and great follow-through. Thanks for sharing your success! ~Rebecca
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stn67 Premium
Well done a great motivation to read
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arick Premium
Excellent Nathaniell! Thanks for sharing!
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PhilRou Premium
Excellent post, Thanks! You give perspective and it is very encouraging.
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wendyk Premium
congrats!
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Emmaline Premium
Well done, this is a great motivational post as I am still in the early stages of building my site.. Best of luck with your 5th year :)
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TanyaCHA Premium
Thank you very much Nathaniel for sharing story about your success and hard work history. Thank you for motivation.
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Erica Davis Premium
Thank you for the motivation Nathaniell.
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gusti Premium
congrats! what an inspirational way Nathaniell.. thank you so much!
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masirois Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell! Hard work and focus pay off. Thanks for sharing your accomplishments. This helps the rest of see that it can be done. Even if you have to persist actively over time, you'll see results.
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Starcreator Premium
Thanks for sharing your accomplishments. It makes me feel like I can do this too. Good advice, I wouldn't want to start more than 1 site until I figure out how to make money with one.
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Bigboss34 Premium
Congratulations Nathaniel. If you made it to Vegas, people can roughly work out you are doing well but it would be a huge inspiration to us all if you could tell us what, after 4 years into this your av. range of monthly income is? I hope this isn't to personal and if it is, apologies but even a ball park figure would be a huge inspiration boost to us all!
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Wondermn Premium
Congratulations, Natheniell.
Great post! Most encouraging as well as inspiring to me.
Just starting out, so a little daunting also, but I guess its taking a step at a time and never giving up. Keep it up, mate!
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wildcatblue2 Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell and thank you for doing a post such as this, it really is extremely helpful to the newer members of WA who often are left wondering what the long timers experience with success has exactly been like.

If more of the long timers would do this, I have no doubt WA membership would climb dramatically. You are a trend setter and an inspiration to the rest of us, Thanks again,

Jack : )
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wildcatblue2 Premium
This post has been added to my Motivational Favorites Folder!
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coolcity Premium
Very interesting post, thank you. I have to admit I did not realise that you were actually doing that well, i.e. making Vegas.

A 30% monthly increase on income is some achievement (unless of course you were only making a couple of bucks to begin with) - but a 60% increase in traffic surely isn't equivalent to a 60% raise in income?

I considered YT but I think the video boom has gone now, there's just so much on there and i reckon most people look there for entertainment rather than advertising type videos. However it is extremely useful for adding a video to your product reviews.

1. It adds content
2. It breaks up the text
3. It makes your site look a lot more professional and official, especially if you use a manufacturer's promotional video

This may vary of course depending on your niche
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nathaniell Premium
You're absolutely right Gary. I chopped this article up while editing it and that should have been written a bit further down where I discussed surpassing my 30% goal. I'm fixing that part now!
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coolcity Premium
I only hope I'm half way to where you are in the next 4 years. Seems like a long road to nowhere at the moment.
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nathaniell Premium
Everyone's road is different. There are some people that have done way better than me. I find myself wondering, "Why can't I get that" but I have to concentrate on what works for me. I know you've been here a while and you are a knowledgeable guy. It will happen for you, give it time.
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coolcity Premium
I'm slightly frustrated that I am not getting the visitors I think I should be and I'm really not sure why, and there are things about indexing I can't get my head around (I've seen all the videos and stuff), but I'll keep working it until I do get there. It will come.
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hgvgirl Premium
Congrats and well done. This is an inspiration to all of us newbies that it can be done if you work at it. Thanks to you I found WA and I am enjoying every moment.
Looking forward to hearing about year 5
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Blessings44 Premium
You are an inspiration, Nathaniell! Congratulations! I have been at WA for eight months now and my site is coming on nicely, not earning from it yet though. I've had a few WA referrals from postings on FB and Twitter, and have been toying with the idea of doing bootcamp now.

Do you think I should, or wait for my niche site to start making money first?

Best of luck for Year 5!

Lydia.
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auden Premium
Congrats Nathaniell and thanks for the much needed inspiration! I am looking forward to your 5th anniversary. ;) - Jane
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Lesmyb Premium
Well done!
Yes, it certainly is motivating. Keep up the good work and thanks for the encouragement.
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Colm Premium
Congratulations Nathaniell, well done!
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1Dean1 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell, It's great vision to see your success as we experience similar journeys. You have proved persistence does pay off, and makes it all worthwhile in the end. Thanks again buddy.
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DanMaxwellJr Premium
Congrats bro... You're definitely an inspiriation to many of us.
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brookeflinn Premium
Congrats man! Very inspirational post for a noob working on building their first site!
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